Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid Preview

December 4, 2017
By: Milos Markovic

Premier League champions Chelsea have already booked their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League but they will have plenty to fight for against under-pressure Atletico Madrid.

Antonio Conte endured some criticism at the beginning of the season when his title-winning side seemed out of pace and unable to mount a serious Premier League title defence challenge.

The Blues, however, managed to steady the ship and are once again pushing strong in all fronts despite initial set-backs that include a 3-3 draw and a disappointing 3-0 defeat against AS Roma, respectively.

Chelsea have nevertheless grabbed the leading spot in Group C and already qualified for the knockout stages with 10 points but will be motivated enough to give their best against strong opponents such as Atletico Madrid and maintain the leading position.

David Luiz is officially ruled out with a knee injury but the Brazilian is out of Conte’s favour anyway. Musonda and Kenedy are unavailable with respective injuries but the Italian tactician should have his full squad at disposal.

Eden Hazard is once again the one to watch at Chelsea. The Belgian superstar bagged a brace in Chelsea’s 3-1 weekend win over Newcastle and can be found at 3.15 (28/13) to score against the La Liga side.

Probable starting line-up (3-5-1-1): Courtois – Azpilicueta, Cahil, Rudiger – Moses, Bakayoko, Fabregas, Kante, Alonso – Hazard – Morata.

Following a similarly lacklustre start to the season, Atletico Madrid are slowly gaining moment with four wins on the trot.

Diego Simeone’s men are still unbeaten in La Liga and will be motivated to continue the strong trend in order to get back in the running for the Champions League knockouts.

Los Rojiblancos are currently sitting third in Group C, two points behind AS Roma. A win is needed if Atletico are to maintain any chance of surviving what’s definitely one of the strongest groups in this year’s edition of the competition.

The La Liga side are anxiously awaiting for the winter transfer market to open knowing tat Vitolo and Diego Costa will be a significant boost to Simeone’s squad.

For the time being, however, the temperamental head coach is placing his faith into the hands – or feet better yet – of Antoine Griezmann who is yet to hit his best form this term.

The Frenchman can be backed at 3.35 (40/17) to get his name on the scoresheet.

Spanish side only has Juanfran’s fitness to worry about ahead of the trip to England.

Probable starting line-up (4-4-2): Oblak – Thomas, Savic, Godin, Filipe Luis – Correa, Gabi, Niguez, Koke – Griezmann, Gameiro.

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